This overview of how Islam is understood and practised in British and European prisons is an indispensable primer for prison and legal practitioners and policy-makers and contributes a much-needed evidence-base to a controversial subject.
Based on original evidence from 279 Muslim prisoners and 79 prison officers, it explores how Muslims come to be incarcerated, how the practice of Islam affects rehabilitation, the types and effects of Islamic conversion and the professional practice of officers and chaplains. The authors also investigate the common belief that incarceration fosters Islamist extremism. Based on this evidence, they suggest improvements to provision and rehabilitative opportunities for Muslim prisoners.
Matthew Wilkinson is an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Lamia Irfan is a Senior Researcher at Camden Wealth, London.
Muzammil Quraishi is Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Salford.
Mallory Schneuwly-Purdie is a Senior Researcher at the Swiss Centre for Islam and Society, University of Fribourg.
What is Islam and where does it come from?
Who are Muslim prisoners?
The faith of Muslim prisoners: what types of Islam do Muslims follow?
Why do prisoners choose to follow Islam?
Conversion and change: Harnessing rehabilitation and avoiding dangers
Managing Muslim prisoners: Muslim prison chaplaincy
Principles of engagement for officers and governors: treading a middle path between naivety and suspicion